rue franklin table for two

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Thursday night, worked all day. Last week husband was selected as one of the 100  best trial lawyers in the state of New York and we finally got to celebrate. I wore a dress with feathers that I had ordered back in March to wear to a family wedding in Greensboro, SC. Please note that I mostly had to inhale all night. I had to order a size down as the size I normally wear was completely sold out.

Wearing feathers on a Thursday night? Of course and why not. What are we all waiting for? My advice when wearing a dress that has a lot going on, i.e. horizontal stripes and a two tone feather fringe- keep hair and accessories dead simple and pared down to the absolute minimum. Wear a strong shoe that has a bit of an edge. Have fun.

I was wearing Worth New York’s Navy and White Bird of Paradise Stripe Dress and carrying the Simone Bag. Jimmy Choo shoes in faux black croc helped to ground the look.

small preview of winter 2012

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While you are thinking of fun things to do for the upcoming national holiday, here are a few shots for you to ponder that I snapped while in NYC last week. These looks will be available mid-September.

Enjoy these wonderful days of summer and know that there are many good things to come your way this Fall. Happy almost July.

ps. wish I had the full length view for you, next time I will know to get a better spot for the runway show. 🙂



olympic gold

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The design team medaled again. This blouse is fabulous. I am not kidding when I tell you this. I was in the garden after dinner doing some therapeutic weeding in my cream denim lucy pant, the ones you see here, and I thought to myself, the lighting is fantastic, I need to share how great that gold blouse is now. Hurried upstairs, stripped the tank, sweater, and flats, pulled on the gold charmeuse blouse and grabbed my Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch and pleaded with my admin Booie to take a few shots before she headed out for the night. The result? A few photos in my backyard of this exquisite piece: the company I sell and recruit for designs couture quality collections seasonally and this is from Summer 2012. I have dressed women in size 12 and women in size 2 in this blouse with equally excellent results. Don’t you love the opening in the back? Just enough sexiness. My nineteen year old has tried to snag this one for her night’s out downtown. I would even send my mom out in this at the age of seventy-three. Can’t say enough about it. Also has hidden lingerie straps. I love it and can’t wait to wear it again and again. It is super easy and luxurious.

chanel lips and nails

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Chanel lip and nail colour has been my go-to since the age of nineteen. With coming up on almost two and a half decades, omg, of daily wear, here are my top picks for the month of July and all festivities revolving around the 4th: Le Vernis Nail Colour 617 Holiday, limited edition, Rouge Coco 76 Sari Dorè – great pop of color that looks good on all skin tones, Rouge Coco Shine 72 Effrontée – for your downtime when you still want a finish, Le Crayon Lévres Precision Lip Definer 38 Pêche – this liner works with both lip colours, and Lévres Scintillantes Glossimer 337 to finish it all off. I am wearing these now because once August hits I usually head back over to the dark side. One of the most modern ways to wear colour on your nails? Keep them short.


more from new york

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As it took me 13 hours to get from JFK to Buffalo on Friday and I didn’t arrive home until 3 am on Saturday, I have been a bit behind the eight ball with reporting back from my trip. Also hosted two dozen seventh graders yesterday for hotdogs, hamburgers, pool and pond swimming, kickball, and a pinata. Oh, boy, I miss my work. So, for a bit of calm here are some more photos from the Worth New York Fall 2012 runway show. Enjoy.

worth new york runway

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[easyrotator]erc_49_1340412891[/easyrotator]Yesterday Diane Manley and her incredibly talented team presented Worth New York Fall 2012 at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. Professional photographers were on site; here are my amateur offerings from the third row.

The clothes were modern, elegant, and sophisticated. Color, fabric, texture, cut, and shape all came together to enhance the beauty of women. While these models are paid to look beautiful, each being about 5’10” and size 0 or 2, the clothes they were wearing on the runway made me want to know more about them. Height and weight aside what they wore invoked images in my mind of possibility- life, family, work memories being made while wearing clothing that was easy to put on and luxurious. Bravo design team and company.


back to black

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Back again on JetBlue flight #1, 5:40 am to JFK. This time I hit default with respect with what to wear while traveling. Michael Kors knows a good thing.  Black summer weight cotton stretch skinny jeans, black tee with mesh circle cutouts, black cork wedge shoe and soft suede jacket make it quick and easy for me to get out the door and through the security checkpoint. Miscellaneous jewelry is kept in the carryon.

Here I am in midtown for national meeting and preview of Fall 2012. One of the trends for fall after seasons of color is a return to black. The company I recruit for has named one of its’ color groups just that- ‘back to black’. As for me I couldn’t be happier. Even though I work at incorporating color into my wardrobe I always feel the most at ease when dressed head to toe in black.  When your day is super crazy busy it sure helps to have a uniform.

As the next few days unfold I will report back with updated posts. Finally my last two posts are looking better. Sorry for the delay. Tech smart college student admin took off for a few days to see Drake in concert. Lucky girl.

Stay cool. Record heat expected here in NYC for the next few days.

wine spectator

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Father’s Day, June 2012. Husband requests full menu minus Fried Oysters with Remoulade from this month’s issue of Wine Spectator. Of course I oblige. Note to self: do not repeat Pork Ribs recipe or make darn sure I don’t burn them all again. 23 and 22 year old son’s both say Tejas Coffee recipe is a keeper. Recipe below. I was so busy all day only had time to put hair up and finish with a swipe of lipstick, Chanel ‘Sari Dore’. Makes you feel dressed even when your hair is still wet form walking the dogs and a very quick swim. Worth New York blouse, unironed, in navy voile with mini stars made me feel festive even after cooking all weekend for 14+. Happy Father’s Day. Back to work tomorrow in the city- looking for a woman of influence in Upstate New York that would love a career in fashion. Rochester, Syracuse, Saratoga, and Albany are ready to launch. Email me for more information. Finished dinner with target practice for soda cans off of the split rail fence…

Tejas Coffee, from Wine Spectator, July 31, 2012

1 ¼ ounces Republic Reposado Tequila

1 ounce patron XO coffee liqueur

1 ounce cream

1 ½ ounces espresso

¾ ounce simple syrup

2 dashes Fee Bros. Aztec Chocolate Bitters


Place all ingredients in the mixing glass of a shaker.

Add ice to the mixing glass.

Place mixing tin over mixing glass and shake vigorously.

Add fresh ice to a 12- to 14- ounce serving glass.

Strain drink over ice.

(Note: Recipe makes one drink.)

Or, you could do what I did and multiply the recipe times four, pour in a glass pitcher over ice, repeat, and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Your crowd will love you.

As husband is golfing tomorrow dinner will consist of leftover Summer Tomato Salad and Blue Cheese Coleslaw. Delicious, healthy, and easy.

have a backup

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The lighting is great, location divine, food and wine have been delivered, and everyone is dressed and in a good mood. It’s time to break out the camera to take a few shots for the new fashion and lifestyle blog.  We’re ready to smile and wouldn’t you know? The battery pack needs a charge.

No problem, iPhone camera to the rescue. Not quite like the digital camera I am learning to use but it will get you through. These photos were taken last night with the iPhone at the Buffalo Yacht Club.

What’s the fashion lifestyle correlation? When getting dressed for the evening I discovered my Hermes scarf ring was nowhere to be found. Immediately text daughter two and ask her if she took it with her on her road trip to Boston for a concert. She texts back ‘maybe’ which really means ‘yes’. Her next message begins ‘duh, mom, just use a ring’.

Okay, backup one for lifestyle? Keep your battery charged and carry your cell phone. Backup two for fashion? Listen to your daughter when she has an easy solution for missing wardrobe items. Just use a ring when you want to wear a scarf as a halter.

Worth New York 54” scarf & Worth New York White Linen Pants

how to shop sample sales

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So you are headed out the door to a great sample sale. How to navigate to prevent regret?

Buy if you can walk out the door wearing your desired purchase that minute. If it looks and feels great and needs no or minimal alterations it is an absolute yes. Adjustment of pants length is okay, resizing the piece in any way is not.

Pass if you think you are going to lose 5 or 10 or 2 or 20 lbs to get into it. Trust me on this one. It is just not worth the stress of thinking about losing the weight.

Pass if you feel any sense of hesitation at all. No matter what you think you are saving it really comes down to how much you spend. Spending on clothes to wear today or tomorrow at sale prices is great, spending on clothes that will just sit and take up space in your mind and closet, is not.

Here’s to your success with sample sale shopping.

Essie ‘Orange It’s Obvious’ Nail Color.

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